Potential Army secretary pick drops out of running: report

Potential Army secretary pick drops out of running: report
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A potential pick to be President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE's Army secretary has dropped out of consideration for the position, Politico reported Friday.

Van Hipp, a lobbyist and former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said “personal and professional commitments” would not allow him to take the job. He did not elaborate on the nature of the those commitments.

“I support President Trump and his leadership 100 percent, but unfortunately the timing would not be right for my family and me due to personal and professional commitments,” Hipp told Politico.


Trump's first nominee for Army secretary, Vincent Viola, withdrew from consideration last week.

Viola, the billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League team, told Trump he was unable to pursue the nomination because of difficulties separating himself from his businesses.

After Viola’s withdrawal, Politico reported Hipp was being considered for the position.

The Army secretary, not a Cabinet-level position, works under the purview of the secretary of Defense to oversee the Army.